ROYERSFORD - Spring-Ford's girls lacrosse team staked itself to a 9-0 halftime lead against visiting Phoenixville on April 14, and that pretty much told the story of the final outcome as well.
Although the Phantoms outscored the Rams 6-5 during the second half, Spring-Ford still came away with a 14-6 Pioneer Athletic Conference victory under the lights at Coach McNelly Stadium.
Kira Gensler and Julianna Radzinski each scored three goals to lead Spring-Ford's balanced offense while Karly Stevens and Brianna Cirino tallied two apiece for the Rams. Kali Gill, Marisa Cappellett, Danielle Rheaume and Karly Conway added single goals for the hosts.
Sam Walters and Liz Stierle divided halves in the goal net. Each player came up with four saves in the contest against the Phantoms.
Phoenixville got two goals from Angela Hayde plus single scores from Tara Gilroy, Alyssa Neppach, Ellie Delany and Kellie Matson. Megan Nemeth, a returning All-PAC-10 honorable mention goalie, finished with 12 saves.
Stevens opened the scoring with a rush to goal at the 22-minute mark of the first half, and the Rams were off to the races.
"We have a good blend of experience and inexperience,' said Spring-Ford coach Amy Short. "We have a few ninth graders and a few up from JV who are stepping in. We have a whole new defense.'
She said senior Madison Dishman has helped stabilize the S-F defense.
"We're still learning,' said Short. "We have a really strong midfield. Our attack has been struggling a little bit, but tonight we did a really good job. We have to get everybody moving.'
Spring-Ford's midfielders include seniors Gensler and Radzinski; Cirino, a sophomore; juniors Kat Connelly, Emily Coyne and Courtney Veisberg; and Karly Conway, another sophomore.
Hayde put Phoenixville on the scoreboard at 23:37 of the second half, followed closely by Gilroy at 22:01.
Phoenixville coach Aamina Thornton thought her halftime speech worked.
"I said the first half is over and you're through it,' said Thornton. Take it one ball at a time, and they started off the second half scoring two quick goals.'
Thornton said she made a number of changes to her lineup by inserting several of her younger players. They included Neppach and Jacy Sterritt on attack.
Senior Kira Landis and junior T.J. Jefferis help stabilize the Phantoms' midfield.
Phoenixville's defense consisted of Alex Wertman, Allison Trafford, Amy Hill and Kim Rutherford.